Six injured in two-car crash in Cork

Gardaí are investigating a crash in Cork City which left six people needing hospital treatment.

The two-car collision occurred at about 5am yesterday on the Commons Rd, at a junction near the Blackpool shopping centre.

There were three passengers and a driver in one of the vehicles, with two people in the second car. Gardaí said one of the vehicles flipped a number of times before coming to rest.

All six people in the two vehicles were taken to Cork University Hospital with what gardaí called minor injuries.

The road was closed for a time as gardaí carried out a forensic examination.

Meanwhile, there was traffic chaos as a 35km stretch of the M18 Limerick-Galway motorway in Clare was closed due to an oil spill.

The spill stretched from the Kilmaley roundabout into the Ennis bypass and along the M18 to the Dock Rd in Limerick City.

The motorway was closed between Sixmilebridge and Cratloe and traffic was reduced to one lane southbound on the rest of the M18 to Limerick.

A bulk fuel carrier is thought to have been the source of the spillage. There were a number of minor accidents but nobody was injured.

The incident also affected hundreds of rugby fans returning from Shannon Airport after attending Munster’s European match in Manchester.

Units of the fire brigade from Ennis, Shannon, and Limerick City, along with National Roads Authority (NRA) motorway staff, worked for five hours to make the southbound lanes of the M18 safe.

When fire crews from Ennis were alerted by the NRA, they went to investigate and found that the contamination had started at the Kilmaley Rd roundabout on the N85 Ennis bypass.

Fire personnel travelled the length of the bypass and discovered the spillage continued on to the M18 motorway towards Shannon and Limerick City, along the Dock Rd, and out towards Mungret and west Limerick.

Clare County Council said it was now a matter for gardaí to investigate.

Elsewhere, a private coach caught fire on the main Cork-Mallow road on Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported.


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